Forgotten Soldier (Key West, FL)

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Title

Forgotten Soldier (Key West, FL)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Men--United States Colored Troops
Associations--Military
American South
Public art
Public sculpture
Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The bronze sculpture depicts a uniformed African American Union soldier holding a rifle, his right arm outstretched over his head.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau

Date

Dedicated: February 16, 2016

Contributor

Ed Knight

Relation

To view a video of the dedication ceremony click here

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Bayview Park, 1320 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040, United States

Has Part

Plaque on base:

"In January of 1863, Col. James Montgomery of Kansas was authorized to raise regiments of troops consisting entirely of free blacks and former refugee slaves. The following month, he arrived in Key West to recruit men for that regiment.

All Africans between the ages of 15 and 50 not in the services were ordered to report for medical examination and, if capable of bearing arms, to embark on the US Steamer Cosmopolitan for transport to Hilton Head to serve in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.

Some of these men returned to Key West after the war and started families. Several more were injured. At least 18 of them paid the ultimate price.

These men served with great distinction, but their names were lost to time. This monument honors their courage, their actions, and their sacrifice, but most importantly, stands to make sure these men are never forgotten again."

Medium

Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

"“Forgotten Soldier” Sculpture Unveiled In Key West." CBS Miami. Accessed January 23, 2019: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/02/17/forgotten-soldier-sculpture-unveiled-key-west/

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Collection

Tags

Citation

Unknown, “Forgotten Soldier (Key West, FL),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed May 30, 2024, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1109.

Geolocation